Although the overall auto industry slowed a bit for September, the news continues to be pretty good for pickup truck sales. The top five selling pickups so far this year are up an average of 20 percent from this time last year. The only negative numbers seem to be coming from the monthly sales figures when compared to September 2012; however, we should note that because of some calendar shifts and differences from last year to this year, 2012 had three more days of selling than 2013. That has a lot to do with why the month-over-month numbers don't look so good. Still, Ford's F-Series and Ram pickup sales, and even the Honda Ridgeline, are on a strong upward pace to finish the year with solid profits.
The full-size pickup segment remains strong, with certain popular models outstripping supply. You can bet all the big players are going to focus like a laser on squeezing the most production out of each of their truck plants to finish the year strong, which many analysts are saying will likely hit 16 million units by year end. Although the crown for best-selling half-ton and midsize seems like a done deal, the final tallies in the remaining months will be fun to watch.